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Missouri Among States Where Knock-Out Game Reported

ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- It's frightening, it's deadly and it's gaining in popularity. The knockout game has police in several states on their heels.
It's frightening, it's deadly and it's gaining in popularity.  The knockout game has police in several states on their heels.   It involves people going up to strangers, punching them and running off.

It's a painful scene to watch.

"The video speaks for itself, but I don't remember it happening when it happened."

Unsuspecting 50-year-old teacher, James Addlespurger, walks toward a group of boys.

Then, seemingly out of nowhere, one of the boys violently knocks him to the ground.

His limp body lies on the concrete as the group walks away.

"I was shocked," Addlespurger says.  "I was shocked at the whole narrative of it. Boom came the punch, and down I went, straight down with my face falling and hitting the cold concrete."

This attack happened in 2012 in Pittsburgh.

But the so-called "knockout" or "one hit quitter" game apparently has spread elsewhere.

Videos of attacks are posted online.

Missouri, Minnesota, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Washington D.C. are just some of the places victims have reported being punched on the streets for no reason.

In a few of the cases, the victims died.

Flowers mark the spot where a homeless man in New Jersey was beaten to death in September-- allegedly by a group of teenagers.

In Brooklyn, New York police are investigating one attack where the victim is sucker punched as he walks down the street.

"I travel alone a lot like to go to school and go to rehearsals and come home and that's scary."

And just last week in Washington DC, Phoebe Connolly is one of two victims who was punched in the face by kids on bikes, she says for no reason.

"He just threw a hook with his left hand and just got right me in the face. And he said 'wa-pow'."

The juvenile who attacked James Addlespurger was arrested, but the English teacher says there are no winners in the knockout game.

Police say a good way to prevent this from happening to you is to be aware of your surroundings.

(Pamela Brown, CNN)

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